i fully agree with you, steve, about what is happening on the west bank because that is the prime minister that is showing that there is a life for palestinnian pple,nd i think that that hes to give president abbas a sense that this is possible , that political will that is necessary for this. but the answers are, frankly, all there. we know what they are. >> ifill: domestically are, either of them politically that much stronger, especially in the case of abbas, who is dealing with the hamas challenge at all? >> well, it's difficult. prime minister netanyahu has a real reputation , rightly deserved, for being concerned about israeli security , and that, in a way, puts him in a terrific position if a peace agreement can be obtained to sell that credibly to the israeli people as the basis for a long-term security for israel. president abbas, there is the problem, the split with hamas.